Kabuki has experienced a resurgence in popularity in modern times, and different plays are put on monthly to packed audiences at Ginza’s renovated Kabukiza (Kabuki Theatre). A visit to the theatre–whether for a single act or an entire performance–leaves a vivid impression on any attendee. The complicated maneuverings of the set design and stage and the colorful backdrops always wow visitors, but audience members are often most impressed by the kakegoe, a distinctive vocal call. Some spectators call out to the various actors, creating a feeling of intimacy between the performers and the viewers.
While all kabuki plays are performed in Japanese, English speakers can rent special handheld guides that translate the play’s dialogue so you can follow along.